Pottery with Personality from Asheville’s East Fork

Creative Director Connie Matisse on seasonal collections, function and color

“In Asheville, you can throw a rock in any direction and hit a potter,” says Connie Matisse, Creative Director of East Fork—ceramics producers unlike any other. Nestled into North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, the city itself harbors crafts and craftspeople alike. East Fork has tapped into this craft, the various firing techniques, as well as the region’s various clays. But their mission isn’t just appealing …

Failed “Wizard of Oz” Theme Park to Reopen this Summer

Once desolate (but never truly abandoned), North Carolina’s Land of Oz theme park will reopen for six days this June (every Friday and the last Saturday). A wonderland built around The Wizard of Oz’s beloved world, yellow brick road included, the park debuted in 1970 and closed one decade later. In the ’90s, it would open its doors again—for only one day a year. Money …

Moogfest 2017’s Futurist Line-Up

Physicist Dr Kate Shaw, MIT Media Lab's Joe Davis and an art installation from Michael Stipe take the stage at this year's boundary-pushing celebration of technology

Each spring in the United States you’ll find a flock of futurists from myriad disciplines migrating to North Carolina for discussions and celebrations surrounding boundary-pushing technologies. The gathering officially began in New York in 2004, when Moog Music created a one-night tribute to namesake synthesizer pioneer Bob Moog. After growing in popularity and with a desire to expand the platform, Moogfest moved south in 2010; …

Conventional Wisdom: Merfest

Photographer Arthur Drooker joins over 300 mermaids and mermen in North Carolina

Among the many wondrous gatherings we’ve explored in our Conventional Wisdom series—a trek through unique conventions across the US with photographer Arthur Drooker, as he prepares for a photography book on the subject—nothing is quite like Merfest. This costumed celebration of the mythological mermaid is run by the NC Merfolk, a group that swims together as merfolk three times a week. The Triangle Aquatic Center …

The Ripple Series from Haand Ceramics

Brighten up the table with naturally shaped, asymmetrical dishes, handmade in NC

If you’re on a search for high-quality wares to set the table with that are minimalist enough to match any mood and decor but are unusual enough to be memorable, look no further than Haand Ceramics. Founded in 2012 by childhood friends (now business partners) Chris Pence and Mark Warren, the modest operation designs, creates and fires their functional porcelain wares—with an aesthetic described as …